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Valley to Pen-y-pass

Day 1:
After arriving on the train in Dolwyddelan (after the usual delays) we had a 3.5 hour walk to our first campsite at Llyn Gwynant.  This was a pleasant walk and posed no problems.

Day 2:
We were walking by
06:40 today and the weather was good so we were hoping for some good views from the top of Snowdon.  From the campsite we walked to Pen-y-Pass which took about 2 hours and was unexpectedly steep in places.  We then followed the Pyg Track up Snowdon and the views were amazing as we ascended to the top.

Clogwyn y Garnedd from Snowdon
  There were some clouds on the top but we still got intermittent good views.  There were lots of people on the top, most of whom had taken the train to the top, so it felt too touristy to be a proper mountain.  There’s even a shop at the top for heavens sake!   We spent a fair bit of time on the top before walking down the Llanberris path into Llanberris where we bought some bacon (to make our pasta more interesting).  We finally walked along the road to the campsite at Nant Peris and were in bed (read sleeping bags on uncomfortable ground in a cramped 2 man tent) by 21:00.

Day 3:
A total of five mountains today, finishing with Tryfan so we were up for another early start.  The day started out fairly easily but the path we were following soon disappeared and we made our own way through the marshy ground.

Y Lliwedd Ridge and Llyn Llydaw Reservoir
  We walked ourselves into a bit of trouble trying to pick our way up the mountain Elidir Fawer as the supposedly well worn path, as marked on the map, turned out to be not very warn at all.  Actually it didn’t exist.  Anyway a bit of hands on scrabling up the mountain side saw us make it safely to another path and we continued our walk, checking off the mountains as we went.  On approaching what we thought was the top of Glyder Fawer we climbed up some large rocks before realising that there was a shear drop the other side.  Fine we’ll just turn back and walk around it we thought.  Actually, this was very difficult with our rucksacks on so we had to throw them down first before climbing down ourselves.  Thankfully nothing broke and we continued walking (after a short pause when the clouds descended upon us so that we couldn’t see more than about 50m ahead).   Finally we went up an over Tryfan and again, this was much harder with fully loaded packs on.  This was a long, hard day but with some great scenery.  It was very windy overnight and two tents collapsed in the night.  Our little 2 man was OK, even with a broken pole - which snapped when we were putting it up.

Day 4:
An easier walk today and no mountains.  The scenery was still great though and I really enjoyed this day.  We finished in Betws-y-Coed and had time for a quick look round (all outdoor shops) before finishing the day with a pub meal and a few well deserved pints.

For a more detailed acount of this trek, click here.

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Valley to Pen-y-pass
Valley to Pen-y-pass
Clogwyn y Garnedd from Snowdon
Clogwyn y Garnedd from Snowdon
Y Lliwedd Ridge and Llyn Llydaw Re…
Y Lliwedd Ridge and Llyn Llydaw R…
Along Ridge from top of Glyder Fach
Along Ridge from top of Glyder Fach
Bwlch Ciliau Ridge from Pyg Track
Bwlch Ciliau Ridge from Pyg Track
Snowdonia National Park
photo by: tridantri